Proverbs 20 TNIV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise. 1 Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.
2 A king's wrath strikes terror like the roar of a lion; those who anger him forfeit their lives. 2 A king's wrath is like the roar of a lion; he who angers him forfeits his life.
3 It is to one's honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel. 3 It is to a man's honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.
4 Sluggards do not plow in season; so at harvest time they look but find nothing. 4 A sluggard does not plow in season; so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing.
5 The purposes of the human heart are deep waters, but those who have insight draw them out. 5 The purposes of a man's heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out.
6 Many claim to have unfailing love, but a faithful person who can find? 6 Many a man claims to have unfailing love, but a faithful man who can find?
7 The righteous lead blameless lives; blessed are their children after them. 7 The righteous man leads a blameless life; blessed are his children after him.
8 When a king sits on his throne to judge, he winnows out all evil with his eyes. 8 When a king sits on his throne to judge, he winnows out all evil with his eyes.
9 Who can say, "I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin"? 9 Who can say, "I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin"?
10 Differing weights and differing measures-- the LORD detests them both. 10 Differing weights and differing measures-- the LORD detests them both.
11 Even small children are known by their actions, so is their conduct really pure and upright? 11 Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right.
12 Ears that hear and eyes that see-- the LORD has made them both. 12 Ears that hear and eyes that see-- the LORD has made them both.
13 Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare. 13 Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare.
14 "It's no good, it's no good!" says the buyer-- then goes off and boasts about the purchase. 14 "It's no good, it's no good!" says the buyer; then off he goes and boasts about his purchase.
15 Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel. 15 Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.
16 Take the garment of one who puts up security for a stranger; hold it in pledge if it is done for an outsider. 16 Take the garment of one who puts up security for a stranger; hold it in pledge if he does it for a wayward woman.
17 Food gained by fraud tastes sweet, but one ends up with a mouth full of gravel. 17 Food gained by fraud tastes sweet to a man, but he ends up with a mouth full of gravel.
18 Plans are established by seeking advice; so if you wage war, obtain guidance. 18 Make plans by seeking advice; if you wage war, obtain guidance.
19 A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid anyone who talks too much. 19 A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much.
20 If you curse your father or mother, your lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness. 20 If a man curses his father or mother, his lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness.
21 An inheritance claimed too soon will not be blessed at the end. 21 An inheritance quickly gained at the beginning will not be blessed at the end.
22 Do not say, "I'll pay you back for this wrong!" Wait for the LORD, and he will avenge you. 22 Do not say, "I'll pay you back for this wrong!" Wait for the LORD, and he will deliver you.
23 The LORD detests differing weights, and dishonest scales do not please him. 23 The LORD detests differing weights, and dishonest scales do not please him.
24 A person's steps are directed by the LORD. How then can anyone understand their own way? 24 A man's steps are directed by the LORD. How then can anyone understand his own way?
25 It is a trap to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider one's vows. 25 It is a trap for a man to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider his vows.
26 A wise king winnows out the wicked; he drives the threshing wheel over them. 26 A wise king winnows out the wicked; he drives the threshing wheel over them.
27 The human spirit is the lamp of the LORD that sheds light on one's inmost being. 27 The lamp of the LORD searches the spirit of a man; it searches out his inmost being.
28 Love and faithfulness keep a king safe; through love his throne is made secure. 28 Love and faithfulness keep a king safe; through love his throne is made secure.
29 The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old. 29 The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old.
30 Blows and wounds cleanse away evil, and beatings purge the inmost being. 30 Blows and wounds cleanse away evil, and beatings purge the inmost being.